Launchpad Conference

Chris Joseph

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After a false start in 2020, we are pleased to announce our first Launchpad Conference, taking place throughout the day on Thursday 14th April across Leeds Conservatoire & The Wardrobe.

The conference is a free day of panels, workshops, presentations and networking for those working in, or aspiring to work in the music industry, with speakers from the local music scene, and those working on a national and international level.

If you are involved in music at any level and hope to gain a better understanding of the music industries – as an artist, producer, manager, promoter, student, enthusiast or otherwise, you can come to our event to find out more from leading experts and professionals.

This year’s event includes:

*Keynote talk from YolanDa Brown

*Music Declares Emergency In Conversation With You

*PPL / PRS For Music Workshop

*Making Great Music & Finding The Right Audience (Panel)

*How to Foster Resilience Whilst Building a Career in Music (Panel)

*Using Opportunities to Build Your Audience (Panel)

*Have a Word: A Musician’s Guide To Writing Brilliant Biographies (Workshop and One-to-ones)

*Come Play With Me Selection Panel

*Speed Advice Sessions

Tickets for the conference are free / pay as you feel, but you need to register in advance to attend, here. You can see the latest information on speakers, sessions and event information on our website, here.

Tickets can be secured for free so that the event is accessible to people just starting out in music and/or on a lower income, but if you have the means to, please think about making a donation when you book your ticket. By making a donation you will be contributing to our ongoing work to support the music sector in Yorkshire.

Launchpad Conference is paired with Launchpad Festival, a new live music event featuring over 30 new and emerging artists from across Yorkshire, performing across 3 venues in Leeds City Centre with a single ticket gaining entry to all the acts, taking place on Friday 15th April.

More info here.

Covid guidance

We want everyone attending our events to feel comfortable and safe as possible so we ask that you:
* Stay at home if you’re feeling unwell

* Wear a mask when inside, unless you are exempt
* Do a lateral flow test before coming, if it’s positive please stay at home (you can order LFTs for free here)
* Regularly wash your hands with soap or hand sanitiser

For more information you can visit the venues’ websites:
Leeds Conservatoire
The Wardrobe


Leeds Conservatoire operates a step-free site and is flat surfaced throughout all buildings. They have a passenger lift which can be accessed from the single door adjacent to the BBC Yorkshire entrance, which is accessible to all floors, as well as wheelchair accessible toilet facilities, making it wheelchair friendly and a welcoming and inclusive venue.

In The Wardrobe there is level access into the bar from the public pavement on St Peters Square via the venue entrance. Access to the basement venue is via a lift located in the box office area and most of the basement venue is wheelchair accessible.

Hearing loop – Leeds Conservatoire Venue is fitted with an infrared audio system. Patrons can independently control the level of volume required from their seat by using a headset.

Guide dogs are admitted to both venues.

More on the venue’s accessibility can be found here for The Wardrobe. If you have any access requirements or questions, please free to drop us an email at or get in touch with Leeds Conservatoire on 0113 222 3400 / and The Wardrobe on 0113 3838800 /

Launchpad Conference is part is delivered by Music Local, partnering with Leeds Conservatoire & Leeds Beckett University and is supported by Youth Music, with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as Leeds 2023, arts@leeds, Leeds City Council, Awesome Merchandise, PPL, PRS For Music and PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partnership supported by PPL.

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